PEORIA, Ill. — After winning in extra innings Friday, the Clinton LumberKings repeated that feat Sunday.

Clinton closed out the first half of the Midwest League season with a 9-8, 10-inning victory over the Peoria Chiefs.

John Whittleman’s RBI double in the top of the 10th provided the winning margin.

Whittleman finished with three RBIs, while Jose Vallejo and K.C. Herren had three hits each.

Jose Marte (2-0) was the winner after throwing two innings. The loss went to Donald Walters (0-2).

Clinton took command from the start, grabbing a 5-1 lead after just two innings.

In the first, Marcus Lemon scored on a wild pitch, Vallejo came across on Chad Tracy’s groundout and Herren doubled and scored on a single to left by Mauro Gomez.

Peoria scratched out a run in the bottom of the first, only to see Clinton score two more in the second.

David Paisano doubled to left and Lemon walked before each moved up on a wild pitch.

Whittleman followed with a two-run single to center.

The LumberKings seemingly put the game away in the sixth with three more runs.

Manny Pina singled and went to second on a wild pitch before scoring on Wally Backman’s single to center.

Backman took third on an error and Paisano was hit by a pitch and stole second.

Backman scored on a sacrifice fly by Lemon and Vallejo doubled to right to score Paisano for an 8-1 lead.

But things went downhill in a hurry for the visitors, as Peoria scored once in the seventh, four more times in the eighth and twice in the ninth to tie the contest.

In the 10th, Vallejo led off with a single to left and got all the way to third on an errant pickoff attempt. Whittleman followed with a double to center to break the tie.

Marte sat the Chiefs down in order in the bottom of the 10th.

On Saturday, Jonathan Mota delivered a walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth to lead Peoria to a 3-2 win.

Matthew Canepa led off the inning by reaching on a wild pitch strikeout.

Two outs later, Mota lined a double to left to plate the winning run.

Through the first three innings, both teams had trouble scoring until the fourth when Tracy led off with a solo homer deep to left field.

The Chiefs would answer right back in the bottom half with a solo blast from Yusuf Carter, hitting almost in the exact same spot as Tracy.

LumberKings’ starter Kasey Kiker went five solid innings, only giving up one run and striking out seven while lowering his ERA to 2.33.

In the bottom of the eighth, Peoria’s Josh Lansford doubled to lead off the inning followed by a Ryan Norwood single to left to put runners on the corners.

After Norwood was Carter, again looking to put the Chiefs up.

But he grounded into an unusual double play, hitting to David Peterson who threw to second to get Norwood. Lansford then tried taking home, but was gunned down by Lemon on a play in which catcher Kevin Gossage got run over but hung onto the ball.

However, Peoria’s Jim Adducci then stepped in and doubled down the right-field line to score Carter, giving the Chiefs a 2-1 lead.

In the top of the ninth, the hot-hitting Gomez would lead with a booming homer to tie the contest.

But the Chiefs would go on to win in the bottom of the frame.

Brad Clipp (1-0) was the winning pitcher, while Jon Hollis (1-3) suffered the loss.

Despite the loss, the LumberKings are playoff-bound after finishing second in the Western Division first-half standings with a 41-26 mark.

“It’s a big turnaround from last year,” said LumberKings’ hitting coach Brian Dayett, the lone returning coach from last year’s squad. “We got some kids back from last year. Those second-year players are better, plus the kids we added from Spokane have helped a lot. They’ve jelled very fast with a new manager and new pitching coach, and things have turned around quite a bit.”

The Midwest League All-Star game is set for Tuesday at Kane County, starting at 7 p.m.

Eight LumberKings have been selected to participate — Tracy, Whittleman, Herren, Vallejo, Broc Coffman, Omar Poveda, Zach Phillips and Brennan Garr.

SUNDAY’S GAME

LUMBERKINGS 9, CHIEFS 8

CLINTON PEORIA

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Lemon ss 4 2 1 1 Camp 6 1 1 0

Vallejo 2b 6 2 3 1 Mota 2b 1 0 0 0

Whittlmn 3b 6 0 3 3 Malone 2b 3 0 0 0

Tracy dh 5 0 1 1 Lansford 3b 5 1 2 0

Herren lf 6 1 3 0 Canzler 1b 4 2 3 3

Gomez 1b 5 0 1 1 Carter rf 4 1 1 0

Pina c 5 1 1 0 Joseph lf 1 0 1 0

Gossage c 0 0 0 0 Adduci lf 3 1 0 0

Backman rf 4 1 1 1 Nrwood dh 2 0 0 0

Paisano cf 3 2 1 0 Castillo dh 2 1 0 0

Lalli c 5 1 2 1

Samson ss 3 0 1 1

Totals 44 9 15 8 Totals 39 8 11 5



Clinton 320 003 000 1 —9

Peoria 100 000 142 0 —8

E—Whittleman, Vallejo, Lansford, Camp, Walters. DP—Clinton 3. LOB—Clinton 14, Peoria 8. 2B—Herren, Paisano, Vallejo, Whittleman. HR—Canzler (5). SB—Backman (2), Tracy (2), Paisano 3 (5), Camp (23), Joseph (10). SF—Lemon, Samson.

IP H R ER BB SO

Clinton

Gudex 3 3 1 1 3 1

Slusarz 3 3 0 0 0 7

Izquieredo 1 1 1 1 1 1

Garr 0 2 4 3 1 0

Hollis 1 0 0 0 0 1

Marte (W,2-0) 2 2 2 1 0 1

Peoria

Mateo 1 1/3 5 5 5 1 0

Pina 4 5 3 3 0 4

Maradeo 2 2/3 2 0 0 2 4

Walters (L,0-2) 2 3 1 1 1 4

Garr faced 5 batters in the 8th.

HBP—Castillo (by Garr), Paisano 2 (by Pina 2), Gomez (by Maradeo), Pina (by Walters). WP—Gudex, Izqueirdo 2, Garr, Mateo, Pina 3. Umpires—Trinidad, King. Time—3:48. Attendance—4,143.



SATURDAY’S GAME

CHIEFS 3, LUMBERKINGS 2

CLINTON PEORIA

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Lemon ss 4 0 0 0 Camp cf 5 0 2 0

Vallejo 2b 3 0 1 0 Mota 2b 5 0 4 1

Whittlmn dh 4 0 0 0 Lansford 3b 4 0 1 0

Tracy lf 3 1 2 1 Canzler 1b 3 0 0 0

Herren cf 4 0 1 0 Norwood 1b 1 0 1 0

Gomez 1b 3 1 2 1 Carter rf 4 2 1 1

Peterson 3b 4 0 0 0 Adduci lf 4 0 1 1

Backman rf 4 0 1 0 Castillo dh 4 0 2 0

Gossage c 4 0 0 0 Canepa c 4 1 1 0

Samson ss 2 0 0 0

Totals 33 2 7 2 Totals 36 3 13 3



Clinton 000 1000 001 —2

Peoria 000 100 011 —3

E—Gossage, Campana. DP—Clinton 1. LOB—Clinton 7, Peoria 9. 2B—Herren, Mota, Castillo, Lansford, Adduci. HR—Tracy (8), Gomez (6), Carter (10). SB—Vallejo (18), Mota (5). CS—Samson, Camp. S—Samson.

IP H R ER BB SO

Clinton

Kiker 5 8 1 1 1 7

Zamzow 3 4 1 1 0 2

Hollis (L,1-3) 2/3 1 1 1 0 1

Peoria

Cuevas novas 5 4 1 1 3 6

Clipp (W,1-0) 4 3 1 1 0 6

WP—Hollis. Umpires—King, Trinidad. Time—2:39. Attendance—7,660.